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  1. kurtweinreich's Avatar
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    Dec 18, 2007, 2:04 AM - Best Glue for leather? #1

    Just as it says, what is the best glue for leather? I will be bonding leather to leather and possible cord to leather. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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    Dec 18, 2007, 3:30 AM - Re: Best Glue for leather? #2

    I usually just use contact cement. It's not uber-strong, but it gets the job done for most projects. It's best to stitch it as well though. On occasion I use CA glue when I need a quick fix to hold a small piece before riveting or stitching, however if you use just CA glue, the bond is actually stronger than the leather, and can tear the leather if much stress is placed on it. What's the project? Maybe that will give me a better idea of the best course of action.
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    Dec 18, 2007, 5:52 AM - Re: Best Glue for leather? #3



    My fav - Barge contact cement..follow all directions on pkg
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    Dec 18, 2007, 6:26 AM - Re: Best Glue for leather? #4

    I've had pretty good luck with E-6000 on the leather for my Tusken mask.
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    Dec 18, 2007, 11:23 AM - Re: Best Glue for leather? #5

    That's it - BARGE.

    I swear by it.

    CA glue is OK, but then it will get hard, stiff and brittle.
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    Dec 18, 2007, 8:18 PM - Re: Best Glue for leather? #6

    Barge , or there is stuff from Wall-mart (i can only find it there for some reason) called liquid welder, that also works really well.
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    Dec 18, 2007, 9:08 PM - Re: Best Glue for leather? #7

    I have had more success with Tandy Leather Weld than Barge.
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    Dec 18, 2007, 9:54 PM - Re: Best Glue for leather? #8

    Tandy also has something called Tanner's bond that worked really well for me. I bought it since regular consumers cannot buy anything but the little tubes of Barge from them. You have to have some sort of commercial license to buy the larger metal cans of it.
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    Dec 18, 2007, 10:21 PM - Re: Best Glue for leather? #9

    ShatirLavan said: View Post
    What's the project? Maybe that will give me a better idea of the best course of action.
    I am adding the details to a Batman Begins League of Shadows armor. I have the leather base armor done, but the actual pieces has extra details and stitching in the movie. I originally thought that the detail was stamped in, but is actually an extra piece of leather patterned on the edges.

    The BEST way to do it would be to actually stitch the extra pieces in. I consulted with a leather tailor and the task would be very tedious and cost at least $400 to do (another nod to costume designers' work). So I am looking for a costume based alternative since my costume will not be going through the rigors of a movie shoot and these will be just details added to the leather armor itself.

    Thanks for all your help.
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    Dec 19, 2007, 2:13 AM - Re: Best Glue for leather? #10

    I'll second the Tandy Leather Weld. I used it to glue the 1/4 bolo cord to the thin leather backing for my jango girth belt. Holds great.

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